Accessing funding support for broadband

There are a number of Government funded voucher schemes available for businesses and residents interested in improving their current broadband speeds.

Funding Schemes available for those that are not due to be covered in the superfast rollout or commercial plans currently include:

  • Gigabit vouchers  – primarily for businesses but can include residential premises alongside businesses in a group project
  • Rural Gigabit vouchers (new) – for groups of businesses and residential premises in rural areas (ie not cities or towns)

Urban and rural communities have successfully improved full fibre broadband connectivity in their area by combining their vouchers to develop group projects with their chosen broadband suppliers.

The simplest way to create a group project is to approach a registered national or local broadband supplier from the list on the Government website, to discuss your need for a faster broadband service, and how many households and businesses could be covered.

There is also government guidance for group-led broadband schemes.

Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband

Households and businesses with broadband speeds below 10mbps will be able to request decent connections from 20 March, 2020 under the Government’s Universal Services Obligation (USO).

Community Fibre Partnerships

Businesses and residents interested in helping their communities to get faster broadband speeds sooner may wish to look into community funding a solution via Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme and applying for vouchers to put towards the cost. Find out more on our Community Fibre Partnerships page.

Below is a table comparing the two Gigabit Voucher schemes.

Find out how to access subsidised funding support from national government BDUK schemes to improve your broadband connection:

Gigabit Broadband Voucher SchemeRural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO)